Medusae from a Pier: Naoshima

One of our stops on this Japan trip was Naoshima, an island in the Seto Sea.

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We came to this island to experience its constellation of major and minor art museums. The island is small, walkable, bikeable, place. There’s a shuttle bus for those who want it. There are a lot of Naoshima posts in the pipeline…this is but the first.

We were standing on a pier, admiring all that was around us, when Christine looked down to see a number of jellyfish in the water below.

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There was little wind, and there were no waves to obscure our view. Theyy were swimming slowly in a gentle current.

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Along came another, large one, we think it was a “lion’s Mane”. A friend of ours who’s spent many years in Japan says their stings are painful, and to be feared.

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The undulating surface of the water distorted our view.

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Thanks to the camera’s ability to seize an instant of time, we can see these distortions at leisure.

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From time to time I let myself go with the photo-editing tools.

Aspects of the animal’s structure became more apparent.

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Radial symmetry.

 

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Imagine a life like this.

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You’d know your center.

 

 

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